Donald McFall

Obituary of Donald E. McFall

Donald E. McFall

Olean, NY     Donald E. McFall, 71, of Brook St. passed away peacefully on Monday (September 16, 2019) at the Olean General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born October 14, 1947 in Port Allegany, PA he was a son of Refferee and Betty Main McFall.  On February 21, 1970 at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean he married Beth A. Hemmerly who survives.

Donald attended Bolivar Central School and later proudly served for 2 years in the US Army, one year of which was in Vietnam.

He had been employed by Dresser Rand Co. for 43 years prior to his retirement and was a former member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 4601.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and served over 30 years as an instructor for the Sportsman Education Program through the Department of Environmental Conservation..  He was a lifetime member of the Olean Rod and Gun Club.  As a proud veteran, he was a lifetime member of the Olean VFW and held memberships in both the Olean and Allegany American Legions.  He also was a member of the Olean Elk's Lodge 491.

Surviving besides his wife are 2 daughters Michelle Perry and Melissa Shearer, both of Olean; 5 grandchildren Emily Graham, Logan Shearer, Taylor Shearer, Jack Perry and Jaret Shearer; 2 great grandsons James Graham and Kamdyn Graham; 2 brothers Dennis McFall of Olean and Tom McFall of Scio and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a daughter Julie McFall; a brother Larry McFall; 2 sisters-in-law Janet McFall and Joan Deibler and a brother-in-law Bill Hemmerly.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 4-7pm at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Rd. Olean.  Funeral services will be held Friday (September 20, 2019) at 11:00am in the funeral home.  Rev. Steven Beattie, pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Olean, will officiate.  Burial with full military honors will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a veteran's organization of the donor's choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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